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TSN.ca Staff
7/31/2013 11:24:20 AM
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With Wednesday's non-waiver trade deadline quickly approaching, Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has remained silent, thus far.

The Jays, last in the AL East, currently sit 14.5 games behind the first-place Tampa Bay Rays and are 9.5 games out of an AL Wild Card. Few expect the disappointing Jays to be among the clubs looking to load up today, but the team does possess some players of their own who could attract interest from around the league.

Veteran reliever Darren Oliver, speedster Rajai Davis and utility man Emilio Bonifacio, all pending free agents, are the most likely Jays to see a change of scenery, though inquiries could be made on the availability of others.

Right-handed starter Josh Johnson, acquired from the Marlins last winter, is also a pending free agent, but his struggles in his first AL campaign have devalued his stock and increased the chances of accepting arbitration in the off-season. While reports indicate that Melky Cabrera will not receive further suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, the market remains tepid for the outfielder who has one year remaining on a two-year deal worth $16 mill. Though the Texas Rangers have reportedly expressed interest, the chances of Anthopoulos moving either one of superstar sluggers Jose Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion are extremely low.

Tuesday night's three-way trade in the American League got the ball rolling on what could be a busy day.

The Red Sox acquired the biggest name in starter Jake Peavy from the White Sox, but the key component of the trade could be Jose Iglesias, who was sent to the Tigers. Reports indicate Detroit's starting shortstop Jhonny Peralta could be one of the players suspended by the league office in the Biogenesis investigation, so Iglesias may supply badly needed cover for the AL Central leaders for the rest of this season and potentially beyond.

In the American League,  the Orioles, Athletics and Yankees could be active, while the Pirates, Diamondbacks and Phillies may be working the phones in the Senior Circuit.

Names to watch out for include Astros starter Bud Norris, Giants outfelder Hunter Pence, Rangers closer Joe Nathan and outfielder Alex Rios of the White Sox.

Theo Epstein and the Cubs appear open for business with the likes of outfielders Nate Schierholtz and David DeJesus and starter Jeff Samardzija potentially on the block.

The non-waiver deadline is at 4pm et.

Darren Oliver (Photo: Tim Umphrey/Getty Images)

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